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Friday, September 29, 2017

The Proving


The Proving by Beverly Lewis is an Amish fiction story of perseverance. Mandy Dienner left her community years earlier, but returns after learning of the death of her mother. Mandy has inherited her mother's bed and breakfast, and she must successfully manage it for a period of one year as stipulated in her inheritance.

This book provides a different approach to Amish fiction, and instead of focusing on romance, the main focus is on rebuilding a family.

The characters in The Proving make it a very compelling story. After living as an Englisher for years, Mandy struggles to return to her community, and they struggle to accept her. Her dysfunctional family, including her estranged twin sister, provide the biggest conflict in the story. As Mandy faces challenges in running the bed and breakfast, she also slowly rebuilds her relationships with her family and the Amish community.

The publisher provided a review copy of The Proving.